Lunch Time, not Crunch Time: Tips to Increase the Speed of School Lunch Lines


Is your goal to cut down the time it takes to pay for lunches served in your school cafeteria? Faster lunch lines have become a priority for schools as they contend with overcrowding and shorter lunch periods to increase class time and boost students’ scores.

Schools also face pressure to incorporate more fresh produce into their lunch menu. This makes faster lunch lines vital, especially because sometimes, eating fresh, healthy foods takes longer than eating prepackaged or processed foods that are ready to eat. Chewing an apple, for example, takes much longer than slurping down sugary applesauce.

Faster cafeteria lines promote healthy lunch choices, especially when kids know they have the time to finish the food they purchase. Longer lunch lines, in contrast, leave little time for eating and seem to be an ideal way to mint lifelong customers for the fast-food industry.

There are many ways to use technology to increase the speed of the cafeteria lunch line, like adding the schools lunch menu online for parents to pre-order a student’s lunch, or using a hand-held point of sale (POS) unit. Collecting, tracking, and using the appropriate data with the right online system can make a huge difference.

Flexible POS

A flexible School Payment software and a cafeteria Point-of-Sale (POS) system eliminates the need for ticket and cash systems, allowing lunch lines to move more quickly while freeing up time for staff to focus on other pressing tasks.

Accepting payments through an online School Payment Software system can increase the speed of school lunch lines drastically. Allowing parents and schools to manage students’ school lunch accounts online means students don’t slow down the line paying with cash. Parents can make secure deposits, pre-order meals, and pay school fees all through an online school payment software system.

Using a hand-held POS unit, designed specifically for cafeterias, has everything needed to quickly get students, employees or customers through cafeteria lines.

Allows for centralized reporting.

Keeping all cafeteria data in a centralized system allows food service managers to better manage their food service operations. With access to a centralized system of lunch data, schools can better prepare for food allergies, identify food preferences, and find healthy alternatives that kids will eat.

Patterns in lunch consumption can also help schools spot trends and preferences, which leads to more informed decisions regarding child behavior, academic performance, and more.

Increase Revenues.

When students don’t have to deal with cash or ordering at lunch time, the lunch line moves faster and more students are served. The greater the number of students served, the higher the revenue for the school.

Increase Reimbursements and Cash Flow.

Whether students receive a subsidized lunch or pay for their lunch, a system that tracks lunch data allows schools to better manage the reimbursements and reduce the number of unpaid lunch accounts.

Reduces waste.

With more accurate tracking of sales, schools get better inventory controls which minimizes waste and gives them more accurate data to reduce food waste and spoilage.


Our School Lunch Software and portable POS unit provides everything a school needs to quickly get students through cafeteria lines. For pricing or more details, call 1 (800) 425-1425 or email us at

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